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ERIC Number: EJ814589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1328-4207
Prevalence of Body Dysmorphic Disorder Symptoms and Associated Clinical Features among Australian University Students
Bartsch, Dianna
Clinical Psychologist, v11 n1 p16-23 Mar 2007
The current study addressed the frequency of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) symptoms among university students and investigated the predictors of dysmorphic concern. Six hundred and nineteen Australian university students completed measures assessing BDD, dysmorphic concern, self-esteem, depression, life satisfaction, self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism. Approximately two thirds of the sample were concerned about an aspect of their appearance, with one third of these individuals preoccupied by this concern. Fourteen participants (2.3%) appeared to meet the criteria for BDD. Multiple regression analysis showed that dysmorphic concern was predicted by self-esteem, depression, self-oriented perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism and gender. Female subjects demonstrated significantly greater dysmorphic concern than male subjects. Furthermore, dysmorphic concern was lower among students of Asian background. This study suggests that appearance concerns are common among Australian university students, with approximately 1 in 50 fulfilling the criteria for a probable diagnosis of BDD. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale